Multiple gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have contracted the coronavirus in the first known instances of natural transmission to great apes, the zoo announced Monday. The zoo tested the gorillas’ fecal samples after two of them began coughing Wednesday, the zoo said in a news release. Preliminary results returned Friday showed the animals had tested positive, and U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratories confirmed the results Monday, the zoo said. The tests confirmed the presence of the virus in only some of the gorillas but did not rule it out in others, the zoo said. Because gorillas live […]
Members of our gorilla troop tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well and we are hopeful for a full recovery. Read the full update: https://t.co/HIezWKBFxG pic.twitter.com/MAkPYPzxWP — San Diego Zoo Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) This content was originally published here.
One of the famed Tuskegee Airmen – the first Black pilots in the segregated U.S. military and among the most respected fighter pilots of World War II – has died from complications of the coronavirus, it was announced Friday. This content was originally published here.
LOS ANGELES — One of the famed Tuskegee Airmen — the first Black pilots in the segregated U.S. military and among the most respected fighter pilots of World War II — has died from complications of the coronavirus, it was announced Friday. Theodore Lumpkin Jr. was just days short of his 101st birthday. Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died Dec. 26, according to a statement from Los Angeles City College, which he attended from 1938 to 1940. Lumpkin was drafted in 1942 and assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron in Tuskegee, Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen escorted bombers in Europe. Lumpkin […]
The move, announced by Biden’s office Friday and supported by a group of Democrat governors, is a response to complaints of a sluggish vaccine rollout. Coronavirus cases and deaths have been surging in the U.S. for months. “He supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now,” Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a written statement. The Trump administration has so far held back about half of allocated doses of vaccines made by Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc., each of which are a […]
The Ontario government has announced students in the southern regions of the province will continue with online learning until Jan. 25 due to “increasing community transmission” of coronavirus. According to a statement released Thursday afternoon, students in seven northern Ontario public health unit areas will be allowed to return to school on Monday even though a shutdown for those same regions will be extended by a further two weeks to line up with restrictions in southern Ontario. “Returning students to school now with community transmission and positivity rates so high risks losing the hard-fought progress made in keeping schools and […]
Like most Britons this past year, I’ve spent more time than I care to admit doomscrolling social media. But in between the muted festive lockdown celebrations, I also saw photos of crowded house parties, family barbecues and road trips to baches and beaches. My social feeds have split into alternate realities. Because although I’m a British citizen living in Oxford, I’m also a resident of New Zealand, where things really couldn’t be more different. As a resident of two countries, with friends and family in each, I’m used to witnessing events and political developments in both places at once. Usually […]
Los Angeles ambulance workers have been told to stop transporting some patients with extremely low survival chances to hospital, and to limit oxygen use, as record COVID-19 cases overwhelm medical resources. Key points: Medics have been ordered not to transport adult cardiac arrest patients if they cannot be resuscitated in the field California has emerged as the latest epicentre of the US coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 4,000 deaths in the past two weeks alone, and hospitals bracing for another surge expected from the holiday period. In Los Angeles, where packed hospitals have been turning away ambulances, medics were on Monday […]
Despite having been prioritized as the first recipients of the coronavirus vaccine, a large number of health care and frontline workers are passing on the vaccine. Early reports from across the country show that health care and frontline workers are refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In Ohio, 60% of nursing home employees decided not to take the coronavirus vaccine. Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) reacted to the low participation numbers by saying, “We aren’t going to make them but we wish they had a higher compliance.” He added that he was “troubled” by how many nursing home workers […]
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., calls Pelosi a ‘legendary legislative leader.’ He also calls on Senate Majority Leader McConnell to allow the $2,000 stimulus checks bill to move forward in the Senate. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., said she intends to vote on the House floor on Sunday, despite announcing six days ago that she tested positive for coronavirus, as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hunts for every vote she can get in her push to reprise her role as House speaker. Moore announced on Dec. 28 that she had tested positive for coronavirus, though she did not specify which day she tested positive. She has […]